Africa and International Relations in the 21st Century

  • Scarlett Cornelissen
  • Fantu Cheru
  • Timothy M. Shaw

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction: Africa and International Relations in the 21st Century: Still Challenging Theory?

    1. Scarlett Cornelissen, Fantu Cheru, Timothy M. Shaw
      Pages 1-17
  3. Reconceptualizing Authority and Sovereignty

  4. Innovations from Below: Territory and Identity

  5. Insecurities

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 210-248

About this book


This book examines key emergent trends related to aspects of power, sovereignty, conflict, peace, development, and changing social dynamics in the African context. It challenges conventional IR precepts of authority, politics and society, which have proven to be so inadequate in explaining African processes. Rather, this edited collection analyses the significance of many of the uncharted dimensions of Africa's international relations, such as the respatialisation of African societies through migration, and the impacts this process has had on state power; the various ways in which both formal and informal authority and economies are practised; and the dynamics and impacts of new transnational social movements on African politics. Finally, attention is paid to Africa's place in a shifting global order, and the implications for African international relations of the emergence of new world powers and/or alliances. This edition includes a new preface by the editors, which brings the findings of the book up-to-date, and analyses the changes that are likely to impact upon global governance and human development in policy and practice in Africa and the wider world post-2015.


Africa International Relations power identity statehood sovereignty international politics migration reterritorialisation sub-national identity diaspora politics private security spaces South-South multilateralisms conflict gender Governance immigration international relations nationalism privatization transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Scarlett Cornelissen
    • 1
  • Fantu Cheru
    • 2
  • Timothy M. Shaw
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of StellenboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.Nordic Africa InstituteUppsalaSweden
  3. 3.Institute of International RelationsUniversity of the West IndiesSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

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